The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center 


The Shepherd's Hand began as a community outreach initiative of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. Through this ministry effort, we as a family of faith seek to meet the needs of our neighborhood through education, health and life wellness programs and events. Through acts of mercy we desire to care for the tangible needs of our community and point all who we serve to Christ and the divine service where we hear the Gospel and receive our Good Shepherd's gifts of grace. Please visit our website at or set up a time to stop by and see us!



OUR VISION: Motivated by the love of Christ, we serve our community by providing quality health, education, and life wellness services to adults and children in the East Central and Memorial Park neighborhoods of Fort Wayne.


In 2011, Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church purchased the former Elite Ballroom building located at 1231 S. Anthony Blvd. with the intention of developing a community outreach ministry to care for the needs of families in the neighborhood. Thanks to God's provision through a matching grant from The Lutheran Foundation, many generous individual donors, as well as funds from the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod Office of National Mission and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the building renovation and update is reaching its completion. In 2017, Shepherd of the City called Deaconess Rachel Jaseph to be the first director of The Shepherd's Hand. Since then she has developed community partnerships as well as program and event plans alongside the members and staff of Shepherd of the City. The Shepherd's Hand celebrated its Grand Opening on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Please contact us for more information about our upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and ongoing education and health programs!



We hosted our most recent diaper giveaway in collaboration with the Life Team at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and with the donations and support of several other local churches, including St. Peter's Lutheran and New Life Lutheran. If you are in need of diapers, have diapers to donate or are interested in helping with our next diaper distribution event, please contact Deaconess Jaseph.  

Current Programs:

Our HEALing Kitchen:

Thursday Evenings from 5-7 pm

July 18th-September 12th

We are excited to be able to offer "Our HEALing Kitchen" nutrition education cooking classes! Thanks to the Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle (HEAL)  training  and funds from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, Parkview Health, and the We Raise Foundation we are able to offer this 8-week educational opportunity for a third time. Beginning on Thursday July 18th and continuing every Thursday until September 12th, you are welcome to join us at The Shepherd's Hand from 5-7 pm! Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us. Click here for more information about the HEAL classes as well as the HEAL farmers' markets that are located around Fort Wayne during the summer months. At these markets WIC and SNAP credit goes 2x as far! If you would like to know more about this class, feel free to reach out to us. Please contact Deaconess Rachel Jaseph at for more information.

Homework Club

The Shepherd's Hand will again host our Homework Club for students in grades 2-8 beginning Tuesday September 17th and will meet every Tuesday during the school year from 3-5pm.(There will be no Homework Club if FWCS are not in session.) The purpose of the club is to offer a safe, welcoming environment to do homework, make friends, learn new skills and learn about Jesus. Our volunteers are prepared to assist students needing support with course material, reinforce what they are learning through extra practice activities, and to be positive, caring role models. Students are welcome to come anytime during the club hours to finish homework, play games, and to enjoy a free snack and devotion. This year we will be incorporating hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning activities to build teamwork skills and encourage creativity and problem solving while having fun! Thank you to all our volunteers and families who made the 2018/2019 school year a great one! We are excited to start our second year of The Homework Club! Contact us for sign-up information.

Let's Make a Difference Together!

PRAY for us as we continue reaching out to more families and developing programs and events that would be of service to them. Pray about how you or your church may be able to support the ministry at The Shepherd's Hand.

PARTNER with us as a volunteer at our upcoming events! Contact us to learn about the volunteer application process.

GIVE a tax-deductible donation to help sustain our current programs and assist us in expanding our programs and ability to serve families and students. The Shepherd's Hand is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. You might also decide to give by hosting a diaper drive at your church in support of our annual diaper giveaway events.

Checks for donations may be made out to "The Shepherd's Hand" and may be mailed to 1231 S. Anthony Blvd. Ft. Wayne, IN 46803. Secure online giving options will be coming soon!

SIGN UP for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on this developing ministry by contacting Deaconess Jaseph at the address below.

To learn more about this ministry, please contact:

Deaconess Rachel Jaseph

Executive Director of The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center